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Geopolitics / Europe

Southeastern Europe Energy Advisory

Jan 31, 2014 at 16:38 | Editorial Dept

This week we are focusing on some potential opportunities opening up in an area that gets little attention and largely flies under the oil and gas radar. Croatia…

Make No Mistake About It: The Storm Has Hit in Turkey

Dec 27, 2013 at 11:53 | Editorial Dept

Last week we took you through an emerging crisis in Turkey that will set the investment terrain for 2014. This week, we feel the subject warrants another installment as Prime…

Turkey After the New Year

Dec 19, 2013 at 21:52 | Editorial Dept

Turkey has been the darling of foreign oil and gas investors who are looking to new frontiers that are less risky, from a security and political stability point of view.…

Ukraine Balances Energy Needs and European Aspirations

Dec 09, 2013 at 17:32 | Global Risk Insights

Ukraine is one step farther away from Europe. A sudden decision made by the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich to cancel the signing of a pre-agreed deal with the European Union…

Ukraine's Energy Sector Retreats Behind Iron Curtain

Dec 04, 2013 at 17:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz said it agreed with Russian gas giant Gazprom to defer payments for winter gas supplies until early 2014. With Ukraine embroiled in protests, and Europe making…

Ukraine & Turkey: The European Energy Coup

Oct 18, 2013 at 16:51 | Editorial Dept

Though Norway in June overtook Russia in total exports of natural gas to Europe, the balance of Russian gas to Europe comes through Ukraine, which itself is dependent upon Russia…

Ukraine, Gazprom and the Return of Dmytro Firtash

Oct 16, 2013 at 17:21 | Scott Belinksi

Russia’s surprising move to offer Kiev a ‘gas discount’ marks the return of Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash to the international energy scene, a move that speaks volumes on the current…

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Enhances European Energy Security

Sep 04, 2013 at 17:04 | Global Risk Insights

Those concerned with European energy are excited for the arrival of finalized plans for the Southern Gas Corridor that will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan, through Turkey, Albania, Greece to…

Romania pulls plug on Nabucco pipeline

Aug 23, 2013 at 17:42 | John Daly

Well, its official – the Nabucco pipeline is officially dead. Romania’s national natural gas transit company Transgaz, is convening an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on 23 September to…

SOCAR Eyes Big League

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: An emerging joint venture between Russia’s Rosneft and Azerbaijan’s state-run SOCAR poises the Azeri company to enter an even bigger league.

Mediterranean Gas Outlook Threatened by War

Aug 21, 2013 at 17:19 | Daniel J. Graeber

The population in the eastern Mediterranean region is expected to increase by as much as 35 percent in the next 20 years. Natural gas deposits in the Levant Basin are…

Belarus Tries to Subtly Lash Out at Russian Oligarchs

Aug 09, 2013 at 16:27 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Belarus reinstates an investor-unfriendly rule in order to subdue Russian power in its business. Analysis: In 2008, the Belarusian government revoked its “golden share” rule that…

Reassembling the Evil Empire – Gazprom moves into Kyrgyzstan

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:39 | John Daly

Pity poor democratic, energy bereft post-Soviet Central Asian state Kyrgyzstan.Alone amongst the debris field of post-Soviet states in the unexpected aftermath of the sudden December 1991 implosion of…

Armenia Faces Opposition over Gazprom Deal

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:54 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Armenia’s plans to hand over the state’s remaining stake in its natural gas monopoly to Gazprom has opposition politicians furious over the prospect of ceding total control of…

Romania to Build Gas Pipeline to Moldova with Major Political Implications

Jul 26, 2013 at 14:52 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Romania announces that construction will begin soon on a natural gas pipeline to neighboring Moldova, in a project that will underbid Gazprom prices and challenge Russia’s control in…

Azerbaijan, Russia Draw Closer Over Energy Ties

Jul 19, 2013 at 23:27 | John Daly

The implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991 produced three petro-states – the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.Of these, Azerbaijan has the longest history, having begun producing petroleum…

Exclusive Intelligence: Be the First to Get in on Bosnia

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:53 | Editorial Dept

We’ve been holding on to this nugget for some time, waiting for one of the last pieces of the puzzle to near position. Now it’s time: Bosnia and Herzegovina has…

Watch as Russia Descends on New EU Member Croatia

Jul 19, 2013 at 22:38 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Now that Croatia has joined the European Union, Russia will work hard and fast to get its foothold in the Balkan country’s energy market, where location gives it…

Cash Strapped Greek Government Hopes for Rising Oil Output

Jul 15, 2013 at 18:19 | John Daly

The dire state of the Greek economy is well known to its European Union partners. Further hammering the economy are Greece’s massive oil imports. According to the U.S. government’s Energy…

Oil and Human Rights Don't Mix for Kazakhstan

Jul 02, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

The British government got an earful from Kazakhstan this week despite Prime Minister David Cameron's economic outreach. The prime minister arrived Sunday in Kazakhstan to help launch one of the…

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